The Obstacle Is The Way: Tim Ferriss Audio Edition


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“Over the last 14 days, I have carried one book in my backpack to cope, all day and every day: The Obstacle Is The Way.” — Tim Ferriss

For the many of you who asked, I can now proudly announce that the audiobook edition of The Obstacle Is The Way is now available. And there’s an exciting piece of news about it that I’ve kept secret until now: Tim Ferriss is publishing it. 

Tim and I spent some time in Amsterdam in 2013 when I was finishing the book and I showed him a copy of the manuscript. He liked it so much that he went straight to my publisher, Portfolio/Penguin and bought the rights for the audio edition. This was an ideal collaboration because not only did Tim give excellent notes on the book that helped improve it, but his massive distribution network helps put the book in front of lots of new people. As his May selection for the Tim Ferriss Book Club, The Obstacle Is The Way will get all sorts of new readers I could have never expected otherwise.

It’s all very fitting because Tim and I first connected over our love of Seneca back in 2007. Tim was the one who prompted me to write this post on stoicism for his blog in 2009, which resulted in my first inquiry from a book publisher. It was then that I realized I might be able to actually pursue this all as a career. And now here we are publishing a book together.

Anyway, enjoy. You can also listen to this podcast that Tim and I did about the book (which tied with James Altucher’s podcast was one of the most fun and thought provoking interviews I have ever done).

You can also purchase the The Obstacle Is The Way audiobook here:





Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.